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Our most recommended Brisbane Day Trips

Moreton Island Shipwreck, Sand Dune & Kayak 1-Day Adventure

1. Moreton Island Shipwreck, Sand Dune & Kayak 1-Day Adventure

Cruise across Moreton Bay by ferry on this full-day Moreton Island trip. Join a guided snorkeling experience. Enjoy a fully-guided tour around to shipwrecks and spot turtles, fish, and many other marine animals. After a sandwich lunch, paddle a transparent kayak to take in the hidden underwater wonders of the Tangalooma Wrecks. Later, explore the area known as The Desert in a rugged 4X4, and then experience the exhilaration of sand tobogganing at speeds of over 40 miles per hour.

Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

2. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

Meet the skipper and crew at the Rivergate Marina Brisbane where you’ll be welcomed on board your vessel to begin a 1-day Moreton Island adventure! The modern, purpose-built whale and dolphin-friendly vessels feature large viewing decks, guaranteeing all guests a rail-side position on this ultimate marine discovery cruise. Visit the magical world of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, home to bottlenose dolphins, dugongs and giant loggerhead turtles. The park is also home to humpback whale between June and October. A marine naturalist on board will provide insightful commentary, blending aspects of marine mammal behavior with the interesting history of the Moreton Bay islands. You’ll enjoy a guided snorkeling tour around the 14 scuttled ships of the Tangalooma Wrecks as well. There is a kiosk on board where you can purchase additional snacks and drinks, and there is also a licensed bar.

Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

3. Moreton Bay: Best of Moreton Bay 3 Island Day Tour

Set sail on your very own island adventure with a River to Bay island tour. Visit 3 of Moreton Bay’s islands and see historic ruins, snorkel, and go for a bushwalk all in one day. Discover the underwater paradise of Moreton Bay as you snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. Spot native wildlife and marine life while on the 1-hour snorkel. Afterward, enjoy a scenic tour of the Dunwich beaches. After snorkeling at Tangalooma Wrecks, you’ll head to Stradbroke Island. Once at Stradbroke Island, you’ll enjoy lunch at the Little Ship Club before heading to St. Helena Island for a bushwalk. Along the way, you’ll learn about the nature, history, and culture of St. Helena Island. After your bushwalk, you’ll start the journey back to Northshore Harbour, where your tour will come to an end. You’ll arrive at Northshore Harbour at around 4:00 PM.

Broadwater Adventure + Helicopter Tour Combo

4. Broadwater Adventure + Helicopter Tour Combo

Experience Paradise Jet Boating's Broadwater Adventure ride early in the morning and receive a discounted price! Paradise Jet Boating’s Broadwater Adventure rides are famous for their unique combination of thrills & adventure mixed with stunning scenery & sightseeing. Experience 360° spins, high speed drifting and other exciting manoeuvres.... while exploring the beautiful Gold Coast waterways.  Paradise Jet Boating are ECO Tourism Australia accredited for the Broadwater Adventure ride and are Australia’s first jetboat company to achieve this status. In addition to this, they T-QUAL Tick endorsed – this recognises the high quality of experience and level of customer service. The Broadwater Adventure jetboat rides are 55 minutes of authentic jetboating action through 35km of beautiful waterways. Being the only jetboat operator that departs directly into the Broadwater, the slow zones that the other operators travel through are missed – this then allows Paradise Jet Boating to travel further into the Broadwater, being the only jetboat to travel around Sovereign Island. With approved access to the exclusive National Marine Park, allows the opportunity to spot Dolphins, Wallabies and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Then experience amazing sightseeing past Sovereign Island’s spectacular multi-million dollar mansions. Ride in the most advanced jet boats in Australia and enjoy the highest level in safety, performance and passenger comfort aboard our first class, purpose-built boats. Reaching 80km/hr these jetboats are FAST, manoeuvrable and agile, allowing exciting spins, fish tails and of course their famous adrenalin pumping 360° spins! Safety is number one priority on our tours. Their highly trained, professional skippers have your safety as their priority and all passengers wear lifejackets on our tours. These jetboat tours are suitable for passengers from four years of age and rides depart on the hour every hour between 9am to 4pm. Operating from the marina ‘Adventure Terminal’, you are provides secure storage, undercover/comfortable waiting areas, full-length rainwear, tea & coffee facilities, in-house photography and free parking. The friendly team will ensure you have a memorable experience from start to finish! Afterwards, get onboard and go for a majestic helicopter ride of 5 minutes above the area. See the Gold Coast from above, an experience you will never forget!

Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

5. Moreton Island Day-Trip to Scuba Dive and More

An island adventure awaits you in beautiful Australia! This full-day tour departs less than 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and takes you to majestic Moreton Island. Depart from Brisbane's Holt Street Wharf and travel across Moreton Bay on your luxury catamaran transfer. This takes roughly 75 minutes. Whether you're an experienced diver or not, you can scuba dive in Moreton Island! Choose introductory for beginner divers and certified for licensed divers and check out the Tangalooma Wrecks up close! There is an abundance of marine life that lives within the delicate ecosystem of the Tangalooma Wrecks. this is really the best way to experience it up close. Whilst you are on the island, enjoy access to various bonus activities including beach sports, tennis, snorkeling, full use of 1 and 2 person kayaks as well as use of the resort facilities including pools, showers and toilets. There are cafes, bars and restaurants on the island to enjoy at your own cost. You will then depart Moreton Island at 4:00 PM to return back to your original departure point in Brisbane.

From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

6. From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

Take a day trip from Brisbane to Stradbroke Island and discover Queensland's most popular island and its National Park. The park is almost completely controlled by the aboriginal Quandamooka people. At almost 40 kilometers long, Stradbroke Island is the second-largest sand island in the world. Located just off the coast from Brisbane, it has beautiful beaches, a rugged coastline and forests that are home to large numbers of kangaroos and koala bears. The crystal clear waters are safe to swim in year round. Following your transfer from Brisbane, enjoy a memorable experience where the waters teem with large schools of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. All of these creatures can be seen from Point Lookout. The lookout is considered Australia’s best land-based vantage point for spotting migrating humpback whales in the winter. During the tour, you will enjoy a 40-minute cruise across Moreton Bay, visit Cylinder Beach, where you are free to swim if you want and walk the North Gorge to admire the rugged views.

Rainforests and Glow Worm Cave: Day Tour from Brisbane

7. Rainforests and Glow Worm Cave: Day Tour from Brisbane

On this full-day program from Brisbane you’ll explore the rainforests of Springbrook and Tamborine national parks. Admire the beautiful waterfalls set in a natural forest, take a walk surrounded by towering rainforest trees, and spot forest wildlife including the shy pademelons, brush turkeys, goanna, and water dragons. See the unique natural bridge with a waterfall plunging into the cave below. Tamborine offers a chance for a break to explore the Gallery Walk during some free time, before visiting a winery and enjoying a restaurant lunch overlooking the vineyards. The afternoon includes a guided tour of the award-winning glow worm caves at Cedar Creek. Finish the day with a rainforest walk to Curtis Falls. A 50-minute drive will have you back in Brisbane late afternoon.

Brisbane: Outdoor Rock Climbing Session

8. Brisbane: Outdoor Rock Climbing Session

Challenge yourself to climb the weathered walls of Kangaroo Point Cliffs and experience the thrill of outdoor rock climbing. Meet your friendly guides and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment whilst watching a safety briefing. Once you’re feeling confident it's time to scale the rocks and put yourself to the test physically and mentally. As you ascend to the top of Kangaroo Point Cliffs, admire spectacular views overlooking Brisbane River and the CBD. This session operates every Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30am, and is perfect for families, friends, and groups looking for an early morning energizer. The experience has been designed to showcase the very best of outdoor rock climbing, which is worlds away from the scenes of indoor climbing centers.

Brisbane: Tamborine Wine & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch

9. Brisbane: Tamborine Wine & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch

The Vino Bus will pick you up from your home or holiday accommodation at approximately 09:00. From there, you will be driven in comfort to Tamborine Mountain in an air-conditioned mini bus while absorbing the spectacular views of rainforest and picturesque landscapes. You will visit 4 award-winning wineries plus Tamborine Mountain's famous distillery. Each venue will conduct guided private tastings for the group, which will allow you to try between 6 -10 varieties at each venue. You are welcome to switch one of the wineries for a brewery on the day if you feel like finishing the tour with some beer.  A delicious two-course lunch at one of the mountains top wineries is included in your tour, as well as all of your tasting fees. Snacks and water are also inclusive and available on the bus. The Vino Bus’s entertaining and knowledgeable guide will ensure you have an extremely fun and unforgettable experience, while teaching you a thing or two along the way. Relax on the drive home, or chat to the new friends you’ve made, and then at 16:30 you will be dropped back at your pick-up point.

From Brisbane: Mount Tamborine Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch

10. From Brisbane: Mount Tamborine Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Start the tour with pickup from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Travel with your expert guide to some of South East Queensland’s best local wineries for guided tastings of award-winning wines. After the tastings, enjoy a gourmet 2-course winery lunch at a beautiful location in the mountains. If the schedule allows, stop to sample locally made liqueurs, spirits, cheese and fudge.


5 best day trips from Brisbane

Day trip to Fraser Island

1. Day trip to Fraser Island

Immerse yourself in Australia’s diverse natural heritage on Fraser Island. This sand island is actually the largest in the world. Travelers come to the island to see the red and yellow sands, explore the rainforest, and swim amidst the dunes in Lake McKenzie. The idyllic 75 Mile Beach is a hot spot for fishing enthusiasts, while Indian Head at the end of the beach is the perfect spot for panoramic views.

How far is Fraser Island from Brisbane?

Plan on leaving early to make the 350-kilometer (217-mile) trip from Brisbane to Fraser Island, By car, the journey to the ferry takes three and a half to four hours, while the train takes about five hours. The ferry from Hervey Bay to Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island takes 50 minutes.

Day trip to Moreton Island

2. Day trip to Moreton Island

Get in some rest, relaxation, and recreation during a day on Moreton Island. Settled in Moreton Bay, this island is a popular retreat from the city. The island is best known for being home to the Tangalooma Island Resort, which has day use facilities for travelers. But there is more to do on the island than just spending time at the resort, like exploring the massive Moreton Island National Park. Within the park, people can see wildlife, visit the WWII buildings of Cowan Cowan, or check out the Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

How far is Moreton Island from Brisbane?

The only way to reach this island 40 kilometers (24 miles) off the shores of Brisbane is by boat. There are multiple ferries — including vehicle ferries — every day, with varying departure and arrival points. The ferry direct to Tangalooma is 75 minutes.

Day trip to Tamborine Mountain

3. Day trip to Tamborine Mountain

A day trip from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain is a wonderful way to discover the natural wonder and beauty of the area. Adventurous folks can experience the Tamborine Skywalk through lush rainforest canopies and past rushing waterfalls. Art lovers will adore Mount Tamborine’s well-known gallery walk. Don’t miss a chance to visit the enchanting Glow Worm Caves, where the ceilings shine like the stars.

How far is Tamborine Mountain from Brisbane?

Tamborine Mountain is located just 74 miles (45 miles) south of Brisbane. Driving takes about an hour and 15 minutes. There is no direct train or bus service. A combination of the train and taxi takes about 90 minutes, while a combination of several different buses takes around two and a half hours.

Day trip to the Gold Coast

4. Day trip to the Gold Coast

Head to the Gold Coast for a day of surf, fun, and sun. Fans of watersports will get a thrill out of this seaside city famous for its surfing and beaches. The Gold Coast is also filled with theme parks, ranging from Warner Bros. Movie World to Sea World, and Dreamworld — Australia’s largest theme park. To get more up-close with the native fauna, at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary you can feed a crocodile or have a koala encounter.

How far is the Gold Coast from Brisbane?

It only takes an hour to drive the 77 kilometers (47 miles) south from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. The train takes just under two hours. There is no direct public bus service from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

Day trip to the Sunshine Coast

5. Day trip to the Sunshine Coast

There is so much to see and do on the Sunshine Coast, it’s the perfect day trip for anyone. The area welcomes millions of visitors every year who come to enjoy its national parks and cultural offerings. See the wildlife at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, hike around Glass House Mountains National Park, and find something special at the Eumundi Markets.

How far is the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane?

The main city of the Sunshine Coast is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Brisbane. The train from Brisbane Central station to Nambour station takes 90 minutes, while driving to the Sunshine Coast takes about the same.

Brisbane day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

No matter where you’re going, there are plenty of different ways to get from place to place in Australia. The best choice for you depends on your travel style and what you want to see.
  • • Brisbane day trips by train

    Making your journey by train is a convenient and scenic way to get around. Though some routes may take longer, the experience of taking the train around this majestic continent is unforgettable on its own.

  • • Brisbane day trips by bus

    Though certain local or public buses may take a bit longer than driving, often you will find the travel times are fairly even. The bus is almost always the most inexpensive option and allows you to get a more intimate experience than speeding past on a train. The majority of day trip guided tours are conducted on buses.

  • • Brisbane day trips by car

    A car is always a great idea for those who want to be in control of their own transportation. You can reach any destination without worrying about bus schedules and transfers. Keep in mind that for some destinations reached by ferry it may be necessary to park and leave your car on the mainland.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Taking a guided tour is a great idea for those looking to explore new places or dig a little deeper into their destinations. A tour will often plan out your whole day, sometimes even picking you up from your hotel.

What should I pack for my day trip?

Your packing list will depend on the activities you have planned. Be aware that Brisbane is very hot and the sun in Australia burns. Sunscreen for the beach is highly recommended, while sturdy shoes, swimwear, and water are crucial for visiting national parks and the less populated areas around the country.

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What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 227 reviews

We had Rio as our tour guide and he was amazing. The tour was so worth it. Brown Lake is a natural delight, Cylinder beach is beautiful (I recommend BYO lunch as we had to wait a long time for our lunch here) and the walk at point lookout was fabulous. Highly recommend for an accesible and not exhausting day trip.

Amazing moment with the Team, which is helpful, funnyand experienced. We've spent a wonderful journey on Moreton Island snorkeling, kayaking and sansboarding. By the way if you're doing sandboarding wear socks or shoes cause the sand is really hot on sunny days Thank you very much Sunset safari

Great to experience such a beautiful part of the world! The day tour was an ample adventure, entailing sandbording, kayaking and snorkelling. The guides were informative, friendly and fun, and everyone on the tour happy and friendly. Highly rate this little adventure!

Enjoyable day out. Professional and friendly staff, great boat and gear and lunch. Excellent intro to the best of Moreton Bay!

Friendly guides, fun day, snorkeling was amazing ... so many fish.